Autumn Fair at Calahonda
With the weather forecast predicting rain, we were delighted to hold our Autumn Fair in glorious sunshine on Saturday 19th October at Calahonda.
The day began on a high and ended even higher. We had representation from all the churches in our chaplaincy which was lovely. Our own Fr. Nigel worked tirelessly along side Rev John Sutton cooking bacon and sausages for an endless line of diners.
There were stalls rented by none church members and a well stocked bar run by the Lions Club La Cala. The visitors were kept entertained by A Touch of Class and Reflections (barber shop).
We ate and drank, bought some interesting stuff, chatted, and were entertained. It was a good Chaplaincy day out. Pauline Hulme co-ordinated the day and a whole team put it all together. Well done, everyone, thank you Heavenly Father for giving us the strength to do it.
Like any other event it took a lot of hard work, planning, publicity, preparing the goods, setting up tables and chairs and gathering together bottles, bric-a-brac, crafts and food and drink, and clearing away, but it was done with good servants’ happy hearts.
Seeds were planted, and good will extended to the local community including a local lady who had never been to church before. To our great delight she arrived the day after for our 9.30 service, and on top of all this a good amount of money has been raised for our Chaplaincy. Such LOVE.
I don't think anyone could have failed to soak up the happy friendly welcoming atmosphere from start to finish.
Quiet Day on CREATION
On Friday 11th October fifteen of us enjoyed a quiet day at the home of Linda and Peter Hammond. The morning was spent exploring various reflections on creation that Linda had set up around the garden, lots of food for thought and discussion when we got back together. Food of a different kind was enjoyed with a delicious ‘bring and share’ lunch. Then in the afternoon we had to get our brains working with a quiz Hilary had prepared for us on Environmental issues. The day concluded with a Celtic Communion Service at where we all handed in pledges of efforts we are going to make individually to help the environment. Thank you to Peter and Linda for their hospitality and also to Hilary for all the hard work involved in preparing the day. We came away inspired to do more to care for God’s wonderful gift to us of this world which we enjoy.
The Harvest Thanksgiving Services took place on Sunday 6th October. Services took place at all four worship centres at the usual service times, Alhaurins being an ‘informal’ eucharist for all the family, and in the evening at 6pm there was a joint Harvest Praise Service featuring the TAPAS choir, followed by refreshments. Harvest gifts of dried and tinned food were collected to support local Caritas
Joint Chaplaincy Eucharist
September 29th 2019
The Joint Chaplaincy Eucharist at Benalmádena followed by brunch was well attended this morning, and enjoyed by all. Thanks to all those involved :)
Bring and Share Lunch
September 8th 2019
Who knew that there was a ‘Buy your Priest a beer day’?
There is! It is on the 9th September, so the folk from Alhaurín took the opportunity to do just that at the ‘bring and share’ lunch held after the service on 8th September.
We met together for a bring and share lunch at the home of Andrew and Alan along with friends and neighbours, and were able to gift the three Priests present with a bottle of Spain’s finest!
It was a very enjoyable afternoon with delicious food and good company. Our ‘Bring and Share’ lunches have not been held for some time, but hopefully this will be the first of many more. Thank you very much Andrew and Alan for your hospitality.
If you would like to host a ´bring and Share Lunch´? If don’t have enough tables and chairs etc, don´t worry we can help out. We just need the offer of a garden and a willing host.
Please contact Caroline on 697 867 377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to our Church Wardens
This month our newly elected churchwardens were officially welcomed into their posts.
John Brown was welcomed during a service at Alhaurin and Jen Sutton during a service at Calahonda. We wish them both the very best as they carry out their duties throughout the Chaplaincy.
If you don’t already know Jen or John, here is a short introduction. They have a wealth of experience between them and would delighted to meet you and have a chat, so please introduce yourself when you see them around the churches.
“Hi, my name is Jen Sutton. Lots of you know me already, but if you don’t “This is me” as the song from The Biggest Showman says!!
My Christian Ministry really began in Peru where my husband John and I lived for eight years as part of the church planting team of the newly formed Diocese of Peru and Bolivia. That was back in 1976.
We returned to UK where John continued working for the South American Mission Society. I brought up three children and I also taught Spanish. In UK we were members of the fabulous All Saints, Woodford Wells in the East of London on the Essex border. From there to Hornchurch where we enjoyed three years of ministry.
In 2014 Spain became our home and St Andrews Chaplaincy became our attending church. I was church warden from 2016 until Oct 2017, and after a break got on board again in April 2019.
I am excited about working with Rev Nigel Stimpson and my fellow warden John Brown, as well as the Council and all the congregations to explore what God has in store for us all. I pray we may all be truly blessed in the months and years ahead.”
“I was born in a small Scottish town called Wishaw, moved to England to Warrington, and from there to Southport before moving to Spain with my wife Sue in May 2017.
I have a long background of being involved with the Church, serving as an officer in the Boys Brigade before becoming and Elder in the Church of Scotland.
On moving to England, I worshipped within the United Reformed Church and the Congregational Church, working as their National Youth and Development officer for a period of 25 years.
I provided support and motivation to Churches up and down the country. During this time, I prepared and led worship and encouraged people of all ages to develop their faith. This included many trips to the Holy Land and other opportunities for people to explore their faith.
I am excited and privileged to serve St. Andrew’s as Church Warden and look forward to us all working together and sharing our faith journey.”